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The payoff for waiting at a driver's license facility?  Getting a new license.  Along with being legal to drive,  it allows you to use it for identification purposes, like boarding an airplane.   But changes are coming to the process here in Illinois.

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Kelly McEvers is an area native who has found much success in public radio. She's a co-host of All Things Considered, she's reported from war zones, and now she is reporting and hosting for a new podcast called Embedded. In this interview she tells us about all her endeavors, old and new:

 

You can check out an episode of Embedded below:

Doris Fogel lights one of six candles at the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony.
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This week was Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, when we mark the slaughter of millions of Jews, political dissidents, gays and others at the hands of the Nazis.

Illinois marks the occasion with an annual memorial service in the Old State Capitol. The event includes the recollections of a Holocaust survivor, and today we're going to hear one such story, from back in 2014.

Each year the Center publishes an annual report to disseminate information on past projects and publications, as well as identify those clients and funders that support the center. The contents of these reports have been made available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files.

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A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case that centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students when he was a high school wrestling coach.  

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is stepping before a judge to learn his punishment in a hush-money case centered on sex-abuse allegations.

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Contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing Illinois state workers have reached the state labor board.

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Studies show prisoners who stay connected with their families have lower recidivism.  Yet, the cost of keeping in touch is proving quite high for many.  Prison phone call rates are unregulated.

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A Chatham, Illinois man is jailed on $250,000 cash bond after being accused in Missouri of possessing components for possible pipe bombs.

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The former YWCA building in Springfield is in the city's downtown historic district, but an historic preservation group says it's in dire need of repair.

Landmarks Illinois put the building on its annual list of the state's most endangered historic sites.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll appeal an Obama administration decision last month denying the state millions in federal disaster assistance.  The governor's office says late December’s severe flooding in central and southern Illinois caused more than 16 million dollars in damage.

Springfield is the seat of state government, yet one of the more influential grassroots groups in Illinois has no official presence in the city.  The Illinois League of Women Voters wants to change that. 

Jack McCoullough has been serving a life sentence for a 1957 kidnapping and murder. He was convicted in 2012 — more than 50 years after the crime happened.

Last week, the local prosecutor told a judge that he reviewed evidence showing McCoullough did not commit the crime. Now age 76, McCullough is hoping to get out of prison.

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Authorities say an Illinois airport was evacuated for about three hours after a passenger had a bag that appeared to contain tubes of explosive material, although security officials determined it wasn't a bomb.

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Prosecutors say they won't retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date. 

The Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 

The marketing executive who tried to lure businesses to Indiana by asking Illinois residents if they were ``Illinnoyed'' has crossed enemy lines, so to speak.  

Kelly Nicholl has been hired as the first marketing director for the Illinois Business and Development Corporation that Governor Bruce Rauner recently created.  

Crain's Chicago Business reports that until recently Nicholl was vice president for marketing with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  

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A stormy night in Springfield this week resulted in an EF-1 tornado touchdown on the city's  west side.

Board Approves Construction Of UIS Student Union

Mar 17, 2016
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University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to build the first student union at the school's Springfield campus. 

The Springfield Police Department issued the following on Wednesday.  The allegations stem from Groth's time as a school resource officer at Lanphier High School:           

Officer Rodney A. Groth, age 45, of the Springfield Police Department was indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury on the below listed charges:

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The country seems especially divided over the 2016 race for president. But there was a time in Illinois history when division led to bloodshed over political campaigns. 

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A store for beds and a hotline for parents are teaming up to provide needy families new mattresses, box-springs and bed-frames. The 40 Winks Foundation has provided several thousand beds to children all over the country. Slumberland, located at 2450 Chuckwagon Drive in Springfield, is providing beds for families in the Springfield area for the third time, the deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 29th.

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A group of concerned citizens in Chatham say they fear they could be seeing the same problems as Flint, Michigan. They say ever since their water source has switched from Springfield’s City Water Light and Power in 2012 to the South Sangamon Water Commission issues have included discolored, foul-smelling water that is corrosive and leaves sediment. Some people say it even causes hair-loss and rashes.

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Who doesn't need some help paying for the rising cost of college.  But the price of tuition can be an obstacle to many students wanting to continue their education. 

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Here's an episode from our history series for those still in the Valentine's Day spirit. On that day in 1929 - seven Chicago gangsters were murdered in a surprise attack. The Valentine's Day massacre was a huge shock to the city, and its aftershocks were felt in central Illinois almost immediately. 

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register, joins us.

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It was 56 years ago that a plane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and their pilot went down near Clear Lake, Iowa.  The trio were part of the Winter Dance Party tour and had just finished a show at the Surf Ballroom.  Trying to get to their next destination faster and avoid a cold bus trip, they hopped a plane and the rest is rock and roll tragedy. 

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The City of Springfield announced that on Wednesday, February 10, parking will be prohibited on the following streets due to the Presidential visit:

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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The fate of Illinois' budget impasse could be influenced by the leader of the free world. At least, that's what Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is hoping for.

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